Going gluten free is a popular trend these days; more and more people are treating gluten like a leper. The actual truth is that gluten is only harmful to a small percentage of the people trying so hard to cut it out. Cutting gluten may actually do them harm in the long run!
Gluten is a protein found in grains, wheat, and similar foods. It holds the food together, and is a fairly harmless protein … unless your body has a problem with it.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body treats gluten like an invader: it attacks the gluten proteins in your intestines. When your immune system attacks the gluten, it damages your intestines as well, which can lead to more serious digestive issues.
Celiac disorder isn’t as common as some people think. Most gluten-intolerant people suffer from non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This disorder is basically an allergy to gluten: your body reacts to gluten the way lactose-intolerant people react to milk. Allergic reactions are bad for the body, so it’s healthy for such people to eliminate gluten from their diet to avoid harming their intestines and digestive tract.
However, for those of us who have no physical problem with gluten, cutting it from your diet is useless. Gluten is a harmless protein that damages the bodies of those with gluten intolerances. For the average person, a gluten-free diet accomplishes nothing. If you or a loved one have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, here are six great gluten-free recipes.
Rather than battering the zucchini with wheat flour, bean flour or almond flour makes these delicious veggie treats a safe, healthy option for gluten-intolerant diners. Once they’re deep fried, they’ll be wonderfully enjoyable!
Crab meat is not only delicious, but it’s healthy too! Mixing gluten-free canned crab or fresh crab into a quesadilla made with Monterey Jack cheese and a gluten-free tortilla makes a snack your friends will love — and they won’t even notice the difference!
If you can’t swear off flapjacks, try these potato flour-based pancakes for a golden breakfast that will taste almost as good as buttermilk pancakes. They take a bit more work to make properly, but they’re darn tasty!
To spread over the gluten-free pasta you’ve prepared, this arugula pesto is the perfect topping. It has all the flavor of a regular pesto, but with an extra kick of garlic. You can use this on your gluten-free pizza, breadsticks, or pasta for a delicious Italian meal!
Quinoa is the healthiest gluten-free meal option, and it’s very tasty as well! Mixing it up with these heart black beans will be one of the best dishes you can make, and you’ll find the strong flavors are a unique combination.
Want to make some delicious gluten-free foods and treats? Why not try these peanut butter cookies, made without flour yet just as delicious as the ones your mother used to make. All you need are eggs, sugar, and peanut butter, and your cookies are ready to go into the oven!
Just because you can’t eat gluten, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer! There are many awesome gluten-free foods out there, so you can bake and cook some wonderful meals if you just stretch your creativity a bit!